How to make buttermilk, types: Ayurvedic method

Buttermilk is one of the widely used food item. There are many variants of buttermilk with different health benefits. Here are the details about how to make buttermilk from milk.

Interesting things about buttermilk :

  • It is very easy to make at home.
  • If curds is ready, you can make it within five minutes.
  • It is said in Ayurveda – “Nector is for Gods and Goddesses, buttermilk is for human beings.”

How to make buttermilk from milk:

  • First you need to prepare curds from milk. Click to read How to make curds
  • Take 400 ml of curds. add 100 ml of water to it. churn the curds just for one to two minutes. You can churn it in a bottle / jar / mixer.
  • This 100:25 = curds:water ratio buttermilk is the most widely used type of buttermilk. There are a few other types of butter milk.

Types of buttermilk:
There are five types of making buttermilk.

Full cream buttermilk: Curds is prepared from milk with cream.  Such curd is churned without adding any water.

No cream buttermilk: Curds is prepared from milk devoid of cream. such curd is churned without adding any water.

Buttermilk: Prepared from the above-mentioned method.

Half water buttermilk: Take 100 ml curds add 50 ml of water and churn it to get half water buttermilk.

No fat buttermilk: Churn curds till it becomes butter. Remove butter. The remaining watery part is no fat buttermilk. It is also commonly used as buttermilk.

Each of these can be used interchangeably as buttermilk substitute to one another.

Click to read buttermilk benefits of each of these types.

Click to read how buttermilk is a better substitute to eating curd at night.

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  1. This is very interesting and informative. Thank you for sharing.

  2. How does curd stop being hot when it is turned into butter milk by adding water? Doesn’t the constitution remain the same? It is just being diluted, isn’t it?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Though there are different methods of buttermilk preparation explained. 25 % fat 75 % water thing or fat less watery portion of churned yogurt is used in the name of buttermilk and it is hot in nature.

  3. Dear Doctor,
    Gratitude for your selfless seva with these informative and helpful articles!

    We here in Chennai have buttermilk mainly in the (hot) summer season!
    Not very often otherwise. We believe buttermilk is cooling.

    I usually make it as 4:1 or 2:1 ratio. (usually no cream as the milk does not really have much cream! 🙂 )

    (My in-laws believe curd is heaty, but not my folks. I just read in your article that only sour curds is heaty, not fresh. But also, I/we feel sleepy and lethargic here whenever we have curds or even buttermilk – why is that so? It is not so for me in Mumbai, only in Chennai I/we experience this).

    Please advise.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Buttermilk has innate cleansing effect in it, this mixed with Chennai heat might be the reason for feeling sleepy after taking this.

  4. Dr, thank You very much for this article! Very useful to know.
    I read suggestions on many websites to wash hairs with yoghurt or chaas (buttermilk?). I would like to clear this information with professional 🙂
    1. Can we use buttermilk instead of shampoo regulary?
    2. Is this the best option for hairs? Or some alternatives are much better?
    3. How to rinse buttemilk bcs it is a little bit fat product?
    4. Also i would like to ask you about some home made cosmetic receipes. Like deodorant, facial foundation, kajal, cream which help protect face from sunlight (like SP factor in decorative cosmetic – or we dont need to protect?). Maybe if this is difficult to make at home then you can suggest some good auyrvedic cosmetic companies which produce natural products for face body care and make up?
    Sorry for long comment, Thank you in advanced for the answer!

  5. Dr, thank you very much for your reply!
    Can I make such herbal hair wash powder at home? I can get all ingredients but i dont know proper dosage and the way how to use it. Can you please share?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Dear Madam,

      You can use one of these remedies:

      > Mix green gram flour or Bengal gram flour with buttermilk and use it to wash your hair. The hair becomes very soft, clean and shining. This works wonders for persons with dry hair.

      > Soak fenugreek seeds overnight, grind it to a paste. Mix it with one portion of shikakai and 1/2 portion of green gram flour and use it as a shampoo.

      > You can dry hibiscus leaves and flower in the sun, powder it, mix it with gram flour and use it like a shampoo to wash your hair. It does not lather like the shampoos you get in the market but will cleanse your hair well.

      • Dear Dr Malini,

        Thank you very much for your advice and so useful tips for woman beauty. I tried to make some herbs combination but unfortunatly my white bathroom becomes black everytime when I use this shampoo. I think its because of shikakai. Now will go ahead with green gram.

  6. Dear Dr. Hebbar

    Thank you so much for your blog! One question: should the buttermilk be taken cold? Or can it be heated?

    Thank you for your help!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Ms Laura, It should be taken cold. Heating of buttermilk is contra-indicated as per Ayurvda.

  7. How do you make fullcream butttermilk, which I believe is healthy for both vata and pitta.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, after churning the curd, if the cream part is not separated from the watery part, it itself is fullcream buttermilk, as per Ayurveda.

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